Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Chemical Product Wholesaling industry is involved in the distribution of a diverse range of products, varying from synthetic resins, essential oils and chemical glues to industrial salt, printing inks and industrial gases. As such, it serves an equally diverse range of consuming industries. Many of these products are intermediate products, including base and feedstock products and specialty and refined chemicals, which are sold as inputs to manufacturing industries. The industry also includes companies involved in the wholesale of fertilisers and agrochemical products.
Over the past five years, the local and global chemical sectors have displayed a high degree of volatility, which has had far-reaching implications for chemical wholesalers... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographic profile of the industry to a large degree reflects that of the overall UK chemical sector, reflecting the inter-dependent nature of the sector and the integral role that chemical wholesalers play within it. One of the defining characteristics of the UK chemical sector is the existence of four core chemical clusters in key regional concentrations: the North West, the North East, Yorkshire and Scotland. The bulk of the United Kingdom's 3,100 chemical companies are located within these regions, producing a wide range of commodity, specialty and consumer chemicals.
This explains the location of many of the nation's chemical wholesalers, as does the fact that many chemical companies are vertically integrated operations that operate their own wholesale arms... purchase to read more